February 2016 archive

Jewish Lives Book Series

Jewish Lives is a major series of interpretive biographies of prominent Jews from antiquity to the present published by Yale University Press. I’m currently immersed in Peggy Guggenheim: The Shock of the Modern by Francine Prose and can’t wait to read more titles in this terrific collection. Jewish Lives highlights Jews who have impacted our…

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Roman Vishniac

More than any other photographer, Roman Vishniac profoundly influenced contemporary impressions of Jewish life in Eastern Europe. Roman Vishniac Rediscovered, at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco through May 29, “presents, for the first time, five decades of work by the legendary photographer who was previously known for photographs spanning only four years,” says…

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Danielle Oron’s Modern Israeli Cooking

My favorite new cookbook is Danielle Oron’s Modern Israeli Cooking: 100 New Recipes for Traditional Classics.  I’ve been following Danielle’s blog I Will Not Eat Oysters for a while now, and I’m thrilled that she finally published her first cookbook. Danielle creates recipes with an incredible array of flavors. Her cooking has been compared to…

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